Monday, October 13, 2008

The difference in Keurig machines

The Difference in Keurig Machines

All of the Keurig machines that are developed, all share the same cutting edge technology that protects a freshly brewed, cup of coffee or tea every time. Keurig started making at home brewers that can be used at home for easy convenience. Their home brewers include the B40 Elite, B50 Ultra, Special Edition B60, and the Platinum B70 brewer. These models were engineered for home use and should not be used in a commercial or office setting. They also offer the B100, B140, B200, and B3000 which are designed for small and large offices.

With the exception of the B100, all of the Keurig machines offer more then one brew size. The reason behind this is because the perfect cup of coffee means something different to everyone. This is also the reason why Keurig offers hundreds of k-cups. With flexibilities like this, this offers the consumer to find the perfect cup of coffee. If you are a drinker that does not like strong coffees, it is best to use the larger size k-cups as they are not as strong, but if you are looking for a stronger, more intense cup of coffee, it is best to use the smaller size k-cups. For the consumer that likes a really strong cup of coffee, the extra bold k-cups contain about 30% more ground coffee.

All Keurig machines do require maintenance to ensure that you will always receive a fresh cup of coffee. The brewers should be de-scaled every 3-6 months. Descaling will increase the life of the machine. If the brewers are de-scaled regularly, it helps maintain the heating element, the water reservoir, as well as the other parts of the brewer that come in contact with the water. With the better heating quality and better water means a fresher cup of coffee. To de-scale, you must have 48 ounces of undiluted white vinegar.

The Green Mountain Hot Cocoa k-cups do work with the Keurig brewers as well as the Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate packages. These are the only two varieties designed for the Keurig machines, at this time.. The hot chocolate k-cup is designed to be run at the 8oz brew size on the brewers. If you use a smaller brew size, it can cause a proportion of the hot chocolate to be un-dissolved and weaker tasting.

There is another company out that does make hot chocolate for the Keurig brewers. Ghirardelli Chocolate Company has developed a packet especially for use with the Keurig brewers. To use these packets, just simply add the contents of the packet into a cup or mug and then add 8oz’s of water from the brewer into the cup.

The Elite B40 at home Keurig brewer offers two brew sizes. The brew sizes this model offers are 7.25oz and 9.25oz. The B40 also offers a removable 48oz. Water reservoir as well as a removable drip tray. The B40 does weigh 12 pounds when empty and 15 pounds when full. The dimensions of the B40 are 13”H 10”W and 13.25”D.

The Keurig Special Edition B60 offers three brew sizes. The brew sizes this model offers are 5.25oz, 7.25oz, and 9.25oz. This model also offers a programmable LCD message center, a removable 48oz. water reservoir, a removable drip tray, blue backlit LCD and water reservoir, as well as chrome accents. The B60 weighs 12 pounds empty and 15 pounds when filled. The dimensions of the B60 are 13”H 10”W 13.25”D.

The Keurig Platinum B70 offers four brew sizes. The brew sizes this model offers are 5.25oz, 7.25oz, 9.25oz, and 11.25oz. This model also offers a programmable LCD message center, removable 60oz. water reservoir, removable drip tray, blue backlit LCD and water reservoir, and chrome accents. The B70 weighs 12 pounds empty and 15 pounds when filled. The dimensions of the B70 are 13”H 10”W 13.25”D.

There are several things that makes the Elite B40, the Special Edition B60, and the Platinum B70 different from one another. The Elite B40 only offers two brew sizes while the Special Edition B60 offers three brew sizes and the Platinum B70 offers four brew sizes. The Elite B40 and the Special Edition B60 offer a removable 48oz. water reservoir, while the Platinum B70 offers a 60oz. removable water reservoir. What makes the Platinum B70 unique from the B40 and the B60 is that in the B70, Keurig has implemented quite brew technology meaning that the B70 is their quietest brewer ever.

The Keurig B100 can be used for a home or small office. This was the initial brewer designed, and has a 7.5oz brew cup size only. The B100 has a 64oz pour over feature, weighs 15lbs empty, and 20lbs full. The dimensions of the B100 are 15”H, 8”W, and 17”D.

The Keurig B140 brewer was designed to replace the B100, in which it offers more features than the initial prototype. The B140 is considered “The Small Office Sensation”. It is perfect for offices of 15 people or less. The B140 offers three brew sizes: 6oz, 8oz, and 10oz cups. The B140 has a removable drip tray to accommodate travel mugs; it also has a switch to enable drainage of the tank, as this is also a pour over model. The dimensions of the B140 are 13.5”H, 11”W, and 8.5”D. It weighs 14lbs empty.

The Keurig B200 is the most versatile office brewer, which is designed for medium size offices (up to 30 employees). The B200 also offers a LCD screen to provide users with operating instructions; the instructions can be programmed in English, French, and Spanish languages. In addition the B200 has either a pour over, or plumbed option available. It brews in two cup sizes, 8oz, and 6oz. The dimensions of the Keurig B200 are 16”H, 18”D, and 10.5”W. Lastly, the Keurig B200 is vending capable with a multi-coin acceptor kit.

The last Keurig brewer on the market is the B3000, which is the most advanced unit available to large offices. This brewer is perfect offices with 30 or more employees, or food service locations. The Keurig B3000 has many convenient features. An automatic ejection and storage for used k-cups, direct water line plumbing, unlimited back to back brewing, and vending capable with full feature coin changer. The B300 also offers four brew sizes: 4oz, 6oz, 8oz, and 10oz. The dimensions of the B3000 are 12”W, 18”D, and 17 3/8”H.

1 comment:

SmoothTalker said...

Question: Our Keurig coffee maker, which, I believe, (although it's full of water right now, and I can't easily turn it over to verify the model number) is an Elite B40, has a litle nipple near the top of the water tank. Can this nipple be connected to a water line in order to provide for automatic water filling? In any case, we love the machine. It's the only way to make coffee at home.